THE BIG O'S 15 to 1
Counting down rugby league’s greatest club sides since 1970:
15. ST GEORGE 1979: After winning the premiership two years earlier, Bath’s Babes, captained by 23-yearold Craig Young, ruled supreme, dropping just five matches.
14. CANTERBURY 1984: No longer the Entertainers, the Dogs of War ended three years of Eels domination. 13. MANLY 1987: Finished the regular season on 41 points with a star-studded line-up, captained by Fatty Vautin, that included Lyons, Hasler, O’Connor (above), Cleal and Ward.
12. ST GEORGE 2010: Broke a 31year drought with a side that contained 12 internationals, thrashing the Roosters 32-8 in the grand final.
11. ROOSTERS 2013: With new recruits Sonny Bill Williams, James Maloney and Michael Jennings in career-best form, they overcame a great Manly side.
10. MANLY 1978: Any side that can win a premiership, having played five finals matches in 17 days, deserves to be in this conversation.
9. MANLY 1996: It was a golden era for the Eagles during the mid90s, playing in three consecutive grand finals and winning the title in a 20-team competition.
8. PARRAMATTA 1982: A worldclass backline including Sterling, Kenny, Cronin, Ella and Grothe and a decent pack led by Ray Price won the minor premiership by eight points.
7. BRISBANE 1992: Their inaugural premiership-winning side, captained by Alfie, was blessed with size, skill and power. They obliterated St George in the grand final.
6. SOUTHS 1970: Had one of the great forward packs I’ve seen, with Coote, McCarthy, Sattler and Lurch O’Neill at the peak of their powers.
5. MELBOURNE 2017: This s was as the t e Storm’s most potent legal gal line-up in their short history, with the big three of Smith, Slater (above) and Cronk in imperious form.
4. ROOSTERS 2019: The first team to go back to back in 26 years had arguably the greatest backline in NRL history complemented with a brick-wall defence.
3. EASTS 1975: Led by Arthur Beetson, they won a record 19 consecutive matches during the year, routing St George 38-0 in the grand final.
2. CANBERRA 1994: The last Raiders side to win a title averaged more than 30 points a match before overwhelming Canterbury in the grand final.
1. BRISBANE 1998: Queensland won the Origin series but it may as well have been this Broncos side. They scored a phenomenal 22 tries in three finals matches to win the title.